Diversity Initiatives

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 1 in 3 residents is a minority. By 2044, minorities will become the majority of the U.S. population. The PICPA Diversity Committee recognizes the urgent business case for diversity and is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of minority CPAs.


Considerations on Unconscious Bias
Manny Espinoza and Suri Surinder, both from the CTR Factor, discuss the impact of unconscious bias in the business world. This footage was captured at PICPA's Leadership Conference on Sept. 19, 2016.

AICPA 2016 Unconscious Bias Webcast Series

Consider how your personal preferences and life experiences stand to influence your professional decisions.

View Previous Webcasts

Understanding  Unconscious Bias | Feb. 18, 2016

Identifying Unconscious Bias | March 17, 2016

Managing Unconscious Bias | April 21, 2016

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Diversity

By Guest Blogger Julius Green, CPA, JD, 2015-2016 PICPA President


In 2011, the PICPA released Increasing Talent, Clients, and Revenue at Your Organization to highlight the need for diversity in accounting and suggest strategies to change the trend. Since then, some firms have conducted roundtable discussions, challenged HR professionals to find qualified diverse candidates, and renewed commitments to foster a diverse environment. So, what progress has been made across our industry?


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Download the Complete Business Case and Toolkit
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Do not wait to embrace a culture of diversity.

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Point Park University Study: Can Diverse Teams Have It All?

This project is built upon the belief that the level of familiarity between diverse team members - broadly defined to include gender, socioeconomic background, education, race, and more - affects task performance and relationship conflict. Point Park University would like to invite audit teams working on engagements throughout 2016 to voluntarily participate in two surveys while working on a particular assignment.

If your organization is interested in expanding your knowledge about how to get the most out of diverse workgroups, please contact Ed Scott or call (412) 392-6194.

High School & College Students

  • Scholarships & Awards
    PICPA offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships as well as writing competitions and other awards.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    ALPFA and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latino students. Scholarships range from $1500 to $10,000.

Graduates & New Professionals

  • The CPA Exam
    Find out what you need to do to prepare for and ace the CPA Exam.
  • Accounting Affiliate Membership
    Become a member and expand your network, participate in free webinars to build your professional skills, and earn discounts on exam prep materials.

Accounting Firm Resources

Articles and Podcasts

Additional Diversity Organizations

CPAs on Diversity
PICPA Partners with AICPA on Women to Watch Awards

In anticipation of the Women to Watch Awards, Lisa Myers, CPA, 2016-2017 PICPA president, and Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, AICPA chair, discuss how women and mentoring play an important role in shaping the future of the profession.
Inspire Future CPAs in the Classroom

PICPA Real World Math middle school picture

Partner with a Middle School or High School

Meet with students, teach financial literacy concepts, and discuss careers in accounting. The PICPA has prepared presentations for speakers.

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NABA Eastern Region Student Conference 2017

Oct. 5-7 | Norfolk, VA

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Eastern Region Student Conference brings together more than 550 high-achieving  students working to improve their leadership and networking skills and prepare for a career in accounting.

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Download the AICPA Recruitment and Retention Toolkit

Diversity and inclusion is proven to improve productivity, sustain innovation, and broaden global competency. Learn how to make D&I a crucial component of your business model with these tips from the AICPA. 


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